Q & A: Australian Soprano Janet Szepei Todd On ‘Madama Butterfly’ in Japanese & ‘Opera di Facebook’

Pacific Opera Project’s “Madama Butterfly,” presented recently in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo, was acclaimed for presenting Puccini’s opera in Japanese and English, the languages the characters would actually have spoken. But one of the other talking points around town was the “last-minute” assumption of the title role by Melbourne-born soprano, Janet Szepei Todd. OperaWire caught up with Janet at Cafe {…}

Irish National Opera And RTÉ To Present Puccini’s Madama Butterfly Exclusively On RTÉ Player

Irish National Opera and RTÉ, in association with the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and in partnership with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, will launch a new RTÉ Player Exclusive: Irish National Opera’s production of Puccini’s tragic opera “Madama Butterfly.” Opera fans will be able to watch Ben Barnes’ thrilling production exclusively on RTÉ Player via their smartphones, tablets or TVs starting {…}

Kathryn Lewek, Elizabeth Caballero, & Michael Mayes Star in Nashville Opera’s 2019-20 Season

The Nashville Opera has announced its 2019-20 season which will feature four operas. The season opens with Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly,” featuring soprano Elizabeth Caballero as Cio-Cio San. The performances are set to take place at TPAC Jackson Hall. Performance Dates: Oct. 10, 12, 2019 In time for the holidays, the company will produce “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” with two {…}

Opera In The Heights To Present Japanese-English ‘Madama Butterfly’

Opera in the Heights (OH) is set to present “Madama Butterfly” in a co-production with Pacific Opera Project. The opera translates its original Italian libretto into Japanese and English and will feature Japanese-American singers in the Japanese roles. OH Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Eiki Isomura, who conducts all performances, has adapted the libretto for the Japanese-speaking characters, and Pacific {…}